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Dambuster Studios / Deep Silver have announced that Dead Island 2 is finally coming to Steam on April 22nd, ending the Epic Exclusive time. Plus get a limited-time freebie.

Released originally on April 21st, 2023, the game heads to Steam a day after the year-long Epic Exclusive time. Making it much easier to get running on Steam Deck and Desktop Linux thanks to Proton being included in Steam for Linux. Additionally, until February 15th at 4PM UTC, you can claim a free to keep copy of Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition on Steam as well.

Launch trailer can be seen on YouTube, but it has an age-gate so can't be included in this article.

Dead Island 2 features:

  • Explore HELL-A – Dead Island 2 takes players across the most iconic locations of the City of Angels, now stained with horror, in an exciting pulp journey from the verdant suburbia of Beverly Hills to the quirky promenade of Venice Beach.
  • Brutal Melee Sandbox– Combat delivers the most intense, visceral and gory first person experience possible, with plenty of weapons and tactical (and brutal) options to chew your way through the zombie horde. Whether you’re slicing, smashing, burning or ripping, we want you to truly feel it.
  • Be the Ultimate Zombie Slayer – There are six characters to choose from, each with their own unique personality and dialogues. You can fully customize the abilities of each Slayer, with our brand-new skill system allowing you to re-spec instantly and try out the craziest builds.
  • Zombie Infestation – Ready to experience the most advanced dismemberment system in games? Our LA is crawling with zombies that look and react realistically. These mutated wretches are the reanimated, rotten heart of Dead Island 2 with dozens of distinct zombie types, each with their own mutations, attacks and hundreds of visual LA-themed variants. Our monsters are relentless, challenging, and true Los Angelinos. Will you be able to survive?
  • A Cinematic Co-op Adventure – As a proper RPG experience, Dead Island 2 offers plenty of exciting quests, a crazy cast of characters, and a thrilling pulp story, to truly immerse you in its twisted universe. Re-playability is guaranteed. Add an over-the-top co-op mode for up to three players, and you’ll stay in LA for a very long (and gory) trip.

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artixbtw Feb 13
How much are you willing to bet it's not going to work without a connection to Epic Games (specifically EOS), like Dying Light 2? Not very excited... and it doesn't sound like they need money too badly after having gotten the Epic-exclusive treatment.

Now, in a way, not buying the game when it lands on Steam at large may send the message that interest on Steam is too low to bother, but it's hard to respect publishers knees-deep in the concept of free Epic exclusivity money. But it's not really the developer's decision to do this, at the end of the day.

Oh, Deep Silver...


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Quoting: artixbtwHow much are you willing to bet it's not going to work without a connection to Epic Games (specifically EOS), like Dying Light 2? Not very excited... and it doesn't sound like they need money too badly after having gotten the Epic-exclusive treatment.

Now, in a way, not buying the game when it lands on Steam at large may send the message that interest on Steam is too low to bother, but it's hard to respect publishers knees-deep in the concept of free Epic exclusivity money. But it's not really the developer's decision to do this, at the end of the day.

Oh, Deep Silver...
The way I see it, Epic already paid for my one.
sonic2kk Feb 13
Another game for the "ignore" list
jo3fis Feb 14
The dead island games were a bit bland to be honest and the weapon degradation speed
is insanity.
Dang, unfortunately no cross-play
Bogomips Feb 14
I like Epic exclusives because I will never buy anything there so I have time to think about it, see a year of bugfixes/reviews and when it lands on Steam there is often a discount from day one.

For me it's a win-win situation Epic spends a ton of money and I don't.
drjoms Feb 14
Quoting: artixbtwHow much are you willing to bet it's not going to work without a connection to Epic Games (specifically EOS)
And what makes you say that?
I just checked, DL2 allowed connection to other players with no Epic account.
mborse Feb 15
Is it native on Linux? The article has a "Native Linux" tag. Is it native or Proton?
tuubi Feb 15
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Quoting: mborseIs it native on Linux? The article has a "Native Linux" tag. Is it native or Proton?
The original Dead Island and Riptide have native ports, DI2 does not. I guess the tag is for the Riptide giveaway.
Eike Feb 15
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Did anybody succeed in making Riptide run natively on Nvidia?
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